Julius Hotchkiss

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Julius Hotchkiss

Julius Hotchkiss (July 11, 1810 – December 23, 1878) was a United States Representative from Connecticut. He was born in Waterbury, Connecticut, the son of Woodward and Polly (Castle) Hotchkiss, Prospect farmers.[1] At seventeen, he taught in Prospect schools. He later moved to Waterbury and ran a store and a factory that made cotton webbing and suspenders.[1]

Personal life[edit]

In 1832[chronology citation needed], he married Melissa Perkins (of Oxford) with whom he had five children and were members of The New Church.[1]

Public office[edit]

Hotchkiss was nominated by both parties to be the first Mayor of Waterbury in 1853 when it was incorporated, shifting to the Democratic Party when the Whigs had dissolved.[1] In 1851 and 1858, he served as a member of the Connecticut House of Representatives. He was elected as a Democrat to the Fortieth Congress (March 4, 1867 – March 3, 1869). After leaving Congress, he was the 35th Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut in 1870. He died in Middletown in 1878 and was buried in Pine Grove Cemetery.


  1. ^ a b c d John R. Guevin. View from the Top - the story of Prospect, Connecticut, 1995, Biographical Publishing Company, ISBN 0-9637240-3-7, pages 265-266
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Samuel L. Warner
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Connecticut's 2nd congressional district

Succeeded by
Stephen W. Kellogg
Political offices
Preceded by
Francis Wayland III
Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut
Succeeded by
Morris Tyler